12/7/18 – Utica Comets vs. Springfield Thunderbirds

EDIT: Formatting and grammar might be a bit off, I’m getting really nauseous and sick as I was wrapping this one up, and just wanted to get it out there before I’m too far gone. Really nutty ass game though

 

Whats happening R/Canucks, sole-member of the “I don’t like the Carcone trade” club here with another issue of the Farmies! We are on C-Day+2 as the Comets play their second game without top forward Michael Carcone on the roster. The Comets are looking to come back from a pretty sad loss to the Rochester Americans Wednesday, as they face the Springfield Thunderbirds at home. The T-Birds have lost something like 4 of their last 5 road games, so that’s at least a smidgeon of leverage to the Comets side. Looking specifically to tonights game, I’m expecting players like Dahlen, McEneny and MacEwen to step up pretty big tonight, despite the loss against Rochester, the three of them had fairly strong performances despite being completely outmatched for much of the evening.

 

Tonights roster is a great reminder of why I wanted to do something like the Farmies with my spare time. Because it looks like were getting nearly EVERY drafted rookie in tonights line-up with the exception of Kole Lind and injured players. Dahlen, Palmu, Jasek and Gadjovich all slot into tonights lineup on different lines, and I’m sure for Trent Cull this is a huge “prove it” type game for them. A lot of questions have been thrown towards Cull for his repeated healthy scratches of Gadjovich, Palmu and Jasek, so it will be up to those guys to show they do deserve more regular games on this struggling Comets lineup.

 

Starting Lineup

 

LW C RW
Dahlen Gaunce MacEwen
Palmu Darcy Cameranesi
Archibald Kero Jasek
Gadjovich Woods Bancks
LD RD
Sautner McEneny
Brisebois Blujus
Sifers Graham
G
Thatcher “motherfucking” Demko

 

RE: Benchings

Kole Lind sits out after his few game stint since his return from injury, where he didn’t look TOO bad, but he definitely looked a bit shaky out there on a couple shifts. I think this is more of a “lets see what I got in everybody else” as opposed to a “Lind is not good” type of benching.

The bigger surprise benching here is Reid Boucher, who since returning to the Comets lineup has been pretty ineffectual on the ice for most of his shifts, and has shown why he wasn’t given a better look in the NHL as his back-checking was practically non-existent. I wouldn’t read too much into this though, I feel like he’s a mainstay for the Comets top line, and they just wanna evaluate the rookies on another typical back-to-back weekend.

 

BENCHED
Reid Boucher Jagger Dirk Kole Lind Tanner MacMaster

 

Injury Report
Arseneau Bancks Chatfield Hamilton Juolevi
Hand upper body lower body concussion knee

 

Streamable Clarity Improvement Notice

 

Continuing with last issues theme, going to be Players full name (jersey number) – place in streamable (if not outright obvious) then every sub sequential play featuring that player it’ll be last name(jersey number) – place in streamable (if not outright obvious) I’m also going to reduce the amount of hyperlink in the GOAL streamables, since that’s what I think MOST people are here for and don’t want some gaudy blue taking up the screen.

 

1st period

 

Comets in White

 

 

1st period score: 1-1 Tie

Utica outshot the T-Birds 10 to 7 that period and they looked to be playing with quite a bit of aggression which is good to see. Still a lot of bobbling of the puck being done, and some wishy-washy passing, but otherwise the team is looking pretty good tonight so far!

 

2nd Period

 

 

The Score at the end of the 2nd period: 3-2 Comets

 

Damn this period was fucking nutty, Springfield has got some dirty players holy moly. Not sure if the refs are losing control of the players or what, but the amount of cheap shots is fucking ridiculous. First time I’ve seen Cull have to roll out completely different forward groups on his powerplay simply because they had already had TOO MUCH POWERPLAY TIME.

 

3rd Period

 

 

Final Score: 5-2 Utica Comets

 

Scoresheet

Period Team Goalscorer Primary assist helper type
1st Springfield Jace Hawryluk Henrik Borgstrom Jacob MacDonald PP
1st Utica Jonathan Dahlen Jesse Graham Evan McEneny PP
2nd Springfield Sebastian Repo Jayce Hawryluk 5v5
2nd Utica Jonathan Dahlen Brendan Gaunce 5v5
2nd Utica Jesse Graham Tanner Kero PPG
3rd Utica Carter Bancks Dylan Blujus Jonah Gadjovich 5v5
3rd Utica Tanner Kero Darren Archibald Jamie Sifers 5v5

 

Takeaways

  • Comets needed a game like this, a statement win at home with goals coming from nearly every line, good pushback and didn’t get suckered into playing a dirty game by Springfield
  • I still can’t believe no game misconducts were handed out after the Jasek suck punch, or the blatant attempt to injure kero with the buttend of the stick during the goal celebration…pretty trashy play from the Thunderbirds
  • Jonah Gadjovich had one of his better games of the season, looked like a real AHL’er out there tonight, lots of aggression, fast skating and was creating offense nearly every shift, even got slotted in on some second unit powerplay time as well which was great to see!
  • Palmu looked dangerous out there, even though he was paired with Cameranesi and Darcy who aren’t exactly known as finishers, they had some prime scoring opportunities created off his puck possession and passing
  • Jasek still looks like the most well rounded rookie on the squad, effective along the boards and has the vision/awareness to create plays from anywhere on the ice.
  • Demko leaving his net during active play to shit talk Bobby Farnham should earn him a call-up alone. Not even the 23 saves, but the guys got attitude and I love it.
  • You could tell that Dahlen wanted that third goal BAD. He was aggressive tonight and wasn’t as picky/choosy with his passing game, a lot more straight-forward playmaking; 7 shots on net with 2 goals…really effective gameplay from him tonight.

 

Comets Three Stars

  1. Dahlen
  2. Gadjovich
  3. Graham

 

What’s Next?

 

They play tomorrow. My headache is ramping up like fucking crazy, but they play a road game if my memory serves me right! Hopefully I feel better and can get a timely recap in!

 

Hope you guys enjoyed this edition of the Farmies, any feedback, improvement suggestions, content or highlights you’d like me to focus/pick out during games, let me know and I’ll do my best to provide during the next Farmies!

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